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Transforming the creation and delivery of infrastructure

Current trends in the construction industry reflect the need to adopt technological advances and initiate a transformational shift from conventional on-site construction to a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) approach.

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First annual Canadian Off-site Construction Student Design Competition winners announced

The winners of the first annual Canadian Off-site Construction Student Design Competition have been announced! There are first, second and third prize winners and seven honorable mentions. These finalists have been chosen by a panel of industry experts who served as judges for the competition.

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Off-site Construction Research Centre hires structural research engineer

The OCRC is pleased to announce the hiring of our first structural research engineer, Dr. Samira Rizaee. Dr. Rizaee has a PhD and a MSc from the University of Calgary. During her PhD work, she studied the bond strength of adhered thin masonry veneers when subjected to extreme weather conditions.

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Innovation director and research engineer present at AGM

Innovation director, Brandon Searle, and research engineer, Alex Caskey presented at the Manufactured Housing Association of Atlantic Canada annual general meeting. Their presentation was titled ‘A Glance at the Global Landscape and the Future of Construction’

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OCRC supports alternative delivery methods of instruction

Third-year civil engineering students at the University of New Brunswick virtually toured the OSCO Construction Group’s Strescon Limited precast concrete manufacturing plant. This tour utilised innovative technology provided by the Off-site Construction Research Centre (OCRC) in partnership with Kognitiv Spark.

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Innovation Director Featured on Podcast

OCRC innovation director, Brandon Searle has been featured on a new podcast, The BIM Student by BIMWize. Mr. Searle joined Chetna Chauhan, host of The BIM Student podcast, and founder of BIMWize. Available on Apple and Spotify.

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